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Buckeyes in the NFL: Championship weekend

Only one former Buckeye is headed to the Super Bowl, and that former Buckeye is Patriots defensive back Nate Ebner.

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Only one former Buckeye will get to experience the Super Bowl with his team this season, and that former Buckeye is the Patriots' Nate Ebner.

In the NFC Championship, the Packers dropped a heartbreaker to the Seahawks in Seattle. After heading into the half trailing 16-0, the Seahawks surged back in the second half, taking a 22-19 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the contest. A Mason Crosby field goal tied things up and sent the game to overtime, but the Seahawks scored on their first possession in overtime, punching their ticket to the Super Bowl.

Rookie center Corey Linsley had a solid season for the Packers. He developed nicely over the course of the year, and his consistency was a big factor in Green Bay's success in the 2014 season. The offensive line was stout against the Seahawks' pass rush, allowing just one sack despite the fact that Aaron Rodgers was much less mobile than usual due to the calf injury he's been struggling with since week 17 of the regular season.

It was a rough day on the field for former Buckeye A.J. Hawk, whose blown assignment on a fake field goal attempt allowed the Seahawks to put their first points of the game on the board in the third quarter. Hawk had one assist for the Packers defense.

In rainy New England, the Colts offense struggled to get anything going, and their defense could not contain the Patriots, who will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

Running back Dan "Boom" Herron had 51 yards on five carries for the Colts, and Herron also had two receptions for 11 yards. Rookie left guard Jack Mewhort was part of a unit that allowed zero sacks on quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts offense struggled on third downs, converting just three of eleven attempts, and three turnovers - two Luck interceptions and one fumble lost by Josh Cribbs - made it a long night for Indianapolis. Nate Ebner's Patriots won 45-7.